In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products ? <ul><li> We have incorporated generic conventions in our opening sequence by including close ups this makes it unclear to the audience what the importance of it is but they know there must be one as there has been a close focus on it. We used Hitchcock's technique of having the bomb under the table and it not actually going off to create suspense. The audience would expect the antagonist to harm the young girl in someway but he does not and is frightened when she awakens and she is clueless. The close ups used also help to added little clue into things that maybe important to work out what is happening but they are in a random order so make no sense. </li></ul><ul><li>We do not use may quick cuts apart from the ones introducing the photos. The reason for using longer cuts is that it allowed us to put more into the scene and lead the audience into a false sense of security. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no sub genre of our thriller as we did not want to go to close to making it a horror thriller and we felt that psychological ones had been done too much. </li></ul><ul><li>Our thriller has mainly been influenced by films such as “The Day Of The Jackal” which has a slow start and you are unable to tell what is going to happen in the rest of the film. </li></ul><ul><li>The start the film is at a fast pace which then goes into some long duration shots the audience start to settle with this pace and then we speed it up again when the phone goes off. This reaches the climax and the audience is tense we then completely change the sequence by having her walk outside, this confuses them as they are unable to work out what is going to happen next. </li></ul>
How does your media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>In our opening sequence we have focused on keeping the representation of social groups stereotypical. The girl lying in the bed looks weak and helpless we have done this through high angle shots to make her look smaller. </li></ul><ul><li>The protagonist looks more powerful as he is standing up, we also show this through medium shots. It isn’t possible to tell the class or race of either of the character this keeps the audience in the dark as they know less about the characters. </li></ul>
We are able to tell that she is young girl because of the mise en scene we have used, It is set in a bedroom with magazine around the room and the room is in feminine colours. We can tell that she is young because of the pyjamas she is wearing they are more immature than those that would be worn but an adult. This links to the target audience of both males and females. It would appeal to an age group of over 15. The audience will be able to relate to the innocence of the protagonist.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why ? <ul><li>Our film would be distributed by a small film company. It is low budget. We have not used high paying cast or Hollywood style settings. The biggest cost would be the camera equipment as we would want to use a vary of angled shots. As it is not have a underlying story line such as mental health we would not be able to go with a film company specialising in that type of film. </li></ul><ul><li>As it is only a small scale film it would not be showed at the cinema but maybe at local film festivals. </li></ul><ul><li>Money would be made from it from copyrights, downloads and purchasing the CD. We would not be able to earn money from merchandise or sequels as the storyline would be completed by the end of the first film. </li></ul>
Who would be the audience for your media product ? <ul><li>Our film would be targeted at over 15’s because they may find some scenes disturbing. Young females would be able to relate to what the girl may be feeling, by making this connection with they audience it will help to engage them more. If the audience is too young they would not appreciate the connotations involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Males and Females want to get different things from the thriller and ours will accommodate both .The females will able to relate to the anxiety of the girl where as the males will be drawn into the tense situations. </li></ul>
How did you attract/address your audience? <ul><li>We attracted our audience by using a questionnaire to find out what they would like to get from a thriller. We asked a range of ages and found that the majority of younger people liked the sort of ideas that we had come up with. </li></ul><ul><li> We want the audience to put themselves in the position of the antagonist. The audience initially thinks that he is a bad person as he is in the room. But in the rest of the film we find that he is in fact trying to protect her. </li></ul>
Children under the age of 15 may become scared by the thought of someone following the protagonist for that amount of time as the situation is very realistic and could happen to them. We used point of view shots of from the intruder so that the audience can get more of idea of who he is by what he sees rather than telling them about his background. Our main aim was to make the audience feel involved we did this through reaction shots of the characters. We chose not to use any dialogue as we wanted to make the audience make there own decision of what is happening. We want the audience to put themselves in the position of the antagonist. The audience initially thinks that he is a bad person as he is in the room. But in the rest of the film we find that he is in fact trying to protect her.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product ? <ul><li>From using the cameras we came across many problems especially with the zooming in and out. We also struggled with the moving zoom because we could not keep it steady. If we had been able to use a steadycam it would have had a much better effect. </li></ul><ul><li>As I have no experience using Apple Mac we found it hard to use but after we had got used to it we were ok. A very useful piece of software was audacity, which allowed us to edit our sound track by changing the tempo and make cuts to it . </li></ul>
We had to adjust it again as FCE was a very complex film editing software it allowed us to make smooth cuts and transitions between shots. The only problem we found was to match shots was they were not at the same angle and also shadows effected it.. A problem occurred when we tried to match the shots of the letters as we took them in two different takes we resolved this problem by re-shooting them in one take.
We have used other programs such a photo shop to make the credits glow on the phone and also to edit the photos of the girl with her boyfriend. We made the credits glow on the phone this by setting the picture as a photo and then matching it to a shot of the phone ringing.
Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? <ul><li>During this product we have used a wider variety of shots for example more angles and point of view shots. As we had more experience on Final cut express our editing was a lot smoother and matched cuts flowed better. </li></ul><ul><li>We are a lot more confident with zooming in and out now and are able to do it in more complex scenes. We also tried to incorporate some moving tilts and moving pans which we would not have used before as we wouldn’t have understood how to get them correct. </li></ul>
Overall I feel that the product was very successful. The we were able to stick to our shooting schedule and didn’t need to make any adjustments to what we shot. Once we had worked through the film and Added transitions and made cuts it looked good. We managed to achieve our aim of creating a thriller opening. Every time we made progress we updated our blog to give us an up to date journal.